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Aboriginal Studies

Course Description:

The Aboriginal Studies Preliminary course focuses on Aboriginal peoples' relationship to the Land, Aboriginal heritage and identity, and an historical examination of colonialism, racism and prejudice from pre-contact times to the 1960s. The course also includes the development of skills in culturally appropriate research and inquiry methods. It involves case studies.

The HSC course provides for in depth study of legislation, policy, judicial processes and current events from the 1960s. During the course, students will undertake consultation with Aboriginal communities and will study the course through the experiences of national and international Indigenous communities. Students apply research and inquiry methods through the completion of a major project.

What will I be doing in this course?

Year 11:

  • Aboriginality and the Land
  • Heritage and Identity
  • International Indigenous Community
  • Research and Inquiry Methods

Year 12:

  • Social Justice and Human Rights Issues
  • Global understanding of human rights and social justice AND Comparative Study
  • Case Study of an Aboriginal community for each topic
  • Research and Inquiry Methods – Major Project

How will this course help me in the future?

This course will help you understand the politics and history of Australia, and be more informed in your understanding of our world. This course will give you the skills of critical inquiry and assist you in understanding and interrogating messages in the media and politics. It will help you develop empathy and understanding about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia.